Perak’s Veterinary Services Department Denies Issuing Statement Banning People From Buying Beef | Malaysia
IPOH, June 3 – The Department of Veterinary Services in Perak (JPV) has never released a statement regarding the alleged ban on buying beef due to livestock disease, as recently reported on social media sites and Whatsapp.
JPV, in a statement, urged the public not to release fake news.
“We ask for the cooperation of all Malaysians not to spread this false news,” the statement said.
This was in response to a viral post claiming that cattle disease was spreading in Perak and traders were selling beef at low prices because some farmers were quietly slaughtering cows even though they were infected with the disease.
The fake news also reminded the public not to buy fresh beef and that the information was allegedly obtained from JPV Perak.
Lumpy skin disease (LSD) which infects the skin of cattle was reported earlier on a cattle farm in Simpang Pulai.
In another statement released late in the afternoon, the department said it had activated a surveillance program to detect, control and prevent the spread of LSD across the country.
The department said that so far, a total of 81,252 cattle at 9,108 premises or farms had been inspected and found that 89 (0.1%) of them were showing symptoms of LSD infection.
“In an effort to prevent the spread of LSD from imported cattle, JPV has also tightened the conditions for importing live cattle from overseas in conjunction with the Department of Quarantine and Inspection Services Malaysia (MAQIS).
“This is to streamline border control in the country and take action on any shipment of imported cattle showing symptoms of LSD to the quarantine station,” the statement said.
He added that LSD is believed to have spread to several Asian countries, including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Myanmar and, most recently, Thailand.
He said LSD caused by the Poxviridae virus can be spread among cattle through the bites of vector insects such as mosquitoes, transmitted through the saliva and noses of infected cattle.
“The clinical signs in infected cattle are nodules on the skin on part or all of the cow’s body. There is no specific treatment for LSD.
“Infected cattle can receive treatment to prevent secondary infections with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and vitamins,” he said.
The department said that although LSD does not have a high fatality rate, it has had an economic impact on the beef industry and losses for farmers due to lower milk production in dairy cows. , weight loss, miscarriages and infertility in bulls.
“LSD is not zoonotic, that is, it does not infect humans. In this regard, JPV denies photos of individuals who claim to have been infected with symptoms under their eyes due to LSD infection, ”he said.
In the meantime, the ministry has also requested the cooperation of industry players, including importers, intermediaries and cattle breeders, to immediately contact the nearest JPV office if they suspect that the cattle they have had. the guard or stables show symptoms of the disease.
The statement also said that the sampling would be carried out with the aim of confirming the diseases where infected cattle should be isolated and eliminated by slaughter in departmental slaughterhouses or approved private slaughterhouses. – Bernama